Murat in 2008
|Real name||Karen Muratyan|
|Height||5 ft 10 1⁄2 in (1.79 m)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Born||2 September 1983|
Yerevan, Armenian SSR
|Wins by KO||21|
Karen Muratyan (Armenian: Կարապետ Մուրադյան; born 2 September 1983), best known as Karo Murat (Armenian: Կարո Մուրատ), is an Armenian-German professional boxer and the current IBO light heavyweight champion. He also held the European super middleweight and light heavyweight titles and the IBF International light heavyweight title.
Early professional career
Murat made his professional debut in Hessen, Germany on 23 September 2006 defeating Matus Sestak. Three more fights during his debut year resulted in three more wins including a victory in Austria on 18 November. A very busy 2007 saw Murat fight another eleven times again winning on each occasion and travelling to Russia, Spain, Austria and Switzerland and well as fighting a number of times in Germany. Of his victories during the year, of particular note were wins over Jermain MacKay on 18 August 2007 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin and Emiliano Cayetano at the Seidensticker Halle in Bielefeld on 29 December 2007. Both fighters had boasted only one defeat so far in their careers with Mackay and Cayetano both former Caribbean champions.
European super middleweight champion
On 16 February 2008, in his first fight of the year, Murat defeated Sergey Kharchenko at the Nuremberg Arena to lift the EBU-EE super middleweight title via stoppage in the 10th round. In his next fight, Murat travelled to Neubrandenburg to fight for the full European belt against Cristian Sanavia on 12 April 2008, winning with a 12-round unanimous decision. A first defence in Bielefeld on 20 September 2008 resulted in a majority points win over Spain's Gabriel Campillo before meeting Sanavia again on 28 February 2009. The re-match again in Neubrandenburg saw Murat once again come out on top, this time stopping Sanavia in the 10th round and registering a second successful defence of the title.
Having achieved success at super middleweight, Murat moved up to light heavyweight and fought Serhiy Demchenko to win the vacant WBO light heavyweight title via unanimous decision on 29 August 2009 in Halle. His first defence against Guyana's Sean Corbin resulted in a second round stoppage win on 30 January 2010. Murat successfully defended his title once more on 1 May 2010 beating Tommy Karpency over 12 rounds, knocking him down in the second, in Oldenburg, Germany. On 18 September 2010 Murat faced Nathan Cleverly in a WBO light heavyweight title eliminator, losing for the first time in his career by a tenth-round TKO. The bout was waved off by the referee as the 10th round was about to commence, following a doctor's inspection in the corner between rounds. There were no bruises or blood on Karo's face and he was instantly furious at the referee's poor decision. He rebounded from the defeat on 12 February 2011 with an eight-round points win over Christian Cruz and followed this on 7 May 2011 winning the IBF version of the Inter-continental title against American boxer Otis Griffin with an 11th round stoppage. He made his first defence of the title in a rematch against Spaniard Gabriel Campillo on 1 October 2011 in a fight which was also billed as an IBF title eliminator with the fighters earning a draw, the first of Murat's career. Murat then faced the IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins on 26 October 2013 in Atlantic City, and lost by unanimous decision. On 1 July 2017, Murat upset the previously undefeated Dominic Bösel (24–0) with an eleventh round TKO and won the vacantEBU light heavyweight title. Murat defeated Travis Reeves by TKO in the 12th round to win the vacant IBO light heavyweight title on 24 March 2018.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|37 fights||32 wins||4 losses|
|37||Loss||32–4–1||Sven Fornling||UD||12||15 Dec 2018||Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany||Lost IBO light heavyweight title|
|36||Win||32–3–1||Travis Reeves||TKO||12 (12), 1:52||24 Mar 2018||Inselparkhalle, Wilhelmsburg, Germany||Won vacant IBO light heavyweight title|
|35||Win||31–3–1||Dominic Bösel||TKO||11 (12), 2:26||1 Jul 2017||Ballsport Arena, Dresden, Germany||Won vacant EBU light heavyweight title|
|34||Win||30–3–1||Yevgeni Makhteienko||TKO||12 (12), 2:46||17 Sep 2016||Goeppi, Germany||Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental light heavyweight title.|
|33||Win||29–3–1||Esteban Hillman Tababary||TKO||1 (10), 2:50||4 Jun 2016||Autohaus Duerkop, Kassel, Germany|
|32||Win||28–3–1||Aleksandar Todorovic||PTS||6||13 Feb 2016||ECB Boxgym, Hamburg, Germany|
|31||Loss||27–3–1||Sullivan Barrera||KO||5 (12), 0:25||12 Dec 2015||Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California, U.S.||IBF light heavyweight title eliminator|
|30||Win||27–2–1||Benjamin Simon||TKO||7 (12), 2:18||25 Apr 2015||Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany||Won vacant IBF International light heavyweight title|
|29||Win||26–2–1||Leo Tchoula||TKO||4 (10), 2:48||31 Oct 2014||Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Germany|
|28||Loss||25–2–1||Bernard Hopkins||UD||12||26 Oct 2013||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||For IBF light heavyweight title|
|27||Win||25–1–1||Sandro Siproshvili||TKO||7 (8), 2:21||2 Jun 2012||Herning Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark|
|26||Draw||24–1–1||Gabriel Campillo||SD||12||1 Oct 2011||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany||Retained IBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight title;|
IBF light heavyweight title eliminator
|25||Win||24–1||Otis Griffin||TKO||11 (12), 2:59||7 May 2011||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany||Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight title|
|24||Win||23–1||Christian Cruz||UD||8||12 Feb 2011||RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Muelheim, Germany|
|23||Loss||22–1||Nathan Cleverly||TKO||9 (12), 3:00||18 Sep 2010||LG Arena, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom||WBO light heavyweight title eliminator|
|22||Win||22–0||Tommy Karpency||UD||12||1 May 2010||Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg, Germany||Retained WBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight title|
|21||Win||21–0||Shawn Corbin||TKO||2 (12), 2:41||30 Jan 2010||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany||Retained WBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||Serhiy Demchenko||UD||12||29 Aug 2009||Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Germany||Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Cristian Sanavia||TKO||10 (12), 0:05||28 Feb 2009||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany||Retained EBU super middleweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Gabriel Campillo||MD||12||20 Sep 2008||Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Germany||Retained EBU super middleweight title|
|17||Win||17–0||Cristian Sanavia||UD||12||12 Apr 2008||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany||Won EBU super middleweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Sergey Kharchenko||TKO||10 (12), 1:20||16 Feb 2008||Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Germany||Won vacant EBU-EE super middleweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Emiliano Cayetano||TKO||7 (8), 2:07||29 Dec 2007||Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Germany|
|14||Win||14–0||Gabor Balogh||TKO||1 (8)||24 Nov 2007||Stadthalle, Steyr, Austria|
|13||Win||13–0||Szabolcs Rimovszky||KO||2 (8), 1:04||15 Sep 2007||Frankie`s BF Arena, Oberpullendorf, Austria|
|12||Win||12–0||Jermain Mackey||UD||8||18 Aug 2007||Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany|
|11||Win||11–0||Sergey Botnikov||KO||4 (4), 1:50||30 Jun 2007||Olympisky Sport Hall, Moscow, Russia|
|10||Win||10–0||Mustapha Stini||RTD||2 (6), 0:24||26 May 2007||Jako Arena, Bamberg, Germany|
|9||Win||9–0||Nicolas Perillo||UD||6||8 May 2007||Pabellon San Jose, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain|
|8||Win||8–0||Sergey Gribkov||UD||6||24 Mar 2007||Yunost, Kaliningrad, Russia|
|7||Win||7–0||Pavels Lotahs||UD||6||3 Mar 2007||Stadthalle, Rostock, Germany|
|6||Win||6–0||Mirko Sinovcic||TKO||1 (6)||17 Feb 2007||Universal Hall, Berlin, Germany|
|5||Win||5–0||Yves Romainville||KO||1 (6), 1:41||20 Jan 2007||St. Jakob Halle, Basel, Switzerland|
|4||Win||4–0||Biagio Patera||UD||4||16 Dec 2006||BigBox, Kempten, Germany|
|3||Win||3–0||Petr Rykala||TKO||1 (4)||18 Nov 2006||Stadthalle, Steyr, Austria|
|2||Win||2–0||Tanju Guenes||KO||1 (4), 1:23||4 Nov 2006||RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Mülheim, Germany|
|1||Win||1–0||Matus Sestak||KO||1 (4), 1:48||23 Sep 2006||Karl Eckel Halle, Hattersheim am Main, Germany|
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- "Karo Murat professional record". BoxRec. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
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- "Murat beats Karpency and retains belt". PanARMENIAN.Net. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
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- "Local boxer beaten in Germany". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
- "Karo Murat Shocks Dominic Boesel To Capture EBU Title". Boxing Scene. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
- Sukachev, Alexey (24 March 2018). "Karo Murat Stops Reeves in Twelfth To Win Vacant IBO Belt". Boxing Scene. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
|Minor world boxing titles|
Title last held byIgor Mikhalkin
| IBO light heavyweight champion
24 March – 15 December 2018